A new grant scheme, funded by Ashfield District Council, has helped an entrepreneur open her own hair and beauty salon in Hucknall.
Emma Mee has been trading as a hairdresser for more than 20 years since learning her skills at college. But after managing a salon for some time, she thought it was time to take the plunge and set up a business herself.
So she applied to the council for a Vacant Shop Grant, which is one of a range of schemes available for budding local business people. And now she is the proud owner of a hair and beauty salon, called Emma’s Cutting Edge, on Nabbs Lane.
“After being a manager for quite a while, the most natural next step was to have my own salon, and back in my home town” said Emma.
“Both Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils have given good advice about the schemes that are available, and I have had a lot of support, not only from family and friends but also from local tradesmen, who have done a fantastic job on the shop refit.
“I am passionate about the hairdressing industry and like to keep up to date with the trends of today. I am really looking forward to my new and exciting venture.”
Emma is one of several retail entrepreneurs who are being helped by the Vacant Shop Grant, supported by Ashfield Council. It gives a helping hand to new businesses and also rids shopping centres of empty premises, which can be an eyesore.
Other sources of grant funding are also available, and Emma advises that anyone interested has a chat with the council’s regeneration project officer Caroline Lomas and her team on 01623 463174. Alternatively, visit the website http://invest.ashfield-mansfield.com/business-support/business-grants for full details.